- Aljamain Sterling beat Chase Hooper via a controversial split decision win and fans trolled him online
- “Funk Master” has gone 2-1 in grappling
Aljamain Sterling has secured added another win to his grappling resume. However, some fans were not happy about it.
A controversial win
Sterling got his hand raised once again after beating former UFC lightweight Chase Hooper in their No Gi grappling showdown at the Abu Dhabi Extreme Championship event on Friday. The former UFC bantamweight champion scored a close split decision win over Hooper.
It wasn’t an easy match for “Funk Master” but he is convinced that he did beat Hooper fair and square. However, some fans aren’t.
“Hooper did some good stuff and I expected that,” Sterling said in a post-match interview. “He was the bigger guy coming into this and I’m trying to transition, going up a weight class so what better way to test my skills than to see how good of a grappler I truly am for MMA and for competition BJJ than going against a guy like that.”
Some online fans who are not buying it called Aljo’s win a robbery, while others mocked him for winning via split decision once again.
Check out some of the fans’ comments below:
“Aljo gets a award for complaining 😂 like will smith getting a Grammy for being black
“He even robbing people in grappling competitions. Biggest fraud ever.”
“And the crowd goes mild”
“N***a is the goat of split decisions”
“The splitmaster does it again”
Aljo’s much-awaited UFC return
Sterling has competed now competed in three grappling matches since losing his bantamweight title to Sean O’Malley at UFC 292. He beat Mike Grundy at Polaris 25 but lost to Kevin Dantzler at Fury Pro Grappling 8.
After stepping away from MMA, “Funk Master” will make his return when he faces Calvin Kattar in his featherweight debut at UFC 300 in April.